Andy is a software engineer donating to long term future and EA meta causes, and investing to give later. He is a member of EA Twin Cities.
Thank you! I hadn't thought about the issue through this lens before. I will explore those resources.
Thank you! I will work on internalizing these ideas.
Any good face shields you can recommend? :-) Perhaps a shield of good relationships and overall good mental health?
Hi, I did a minor in linguistics and enjoyed it. I also considered becoming an academic linguist but decided against it like you.
In case you haven't seen it, 80,000 Hours has some advice on how to try out software engineering at https://80000hours.org/career-reviews/software-engineering/. The "Next steps" section has a good summary on some options.
What do you think of waiting to give for now (investing in the stock market instead) and reassessing in a few years whether to donate, in the hope that we will have a better collective understanding of the relevant considerations by that time?
I agree it makes sense to spread the idea of effective giving widely. The only counterexample I can think of is the following, which was probably limited to affecting only one person's donations: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/yz5bqvG2sG92tLHmM/open-thread-4?commentId=pW684GoPXQE4YjdLs. Interestingly, this was a person to person interaction rather than through media. Overall it seems very good to share the idea of effective giving more.
For a simpler investment setup that is long-only and doesn't use leverage other than leveraged ETFs, how would you like to see additional altruistic funds allocated among the following?
What's the closest we can get to the global market portfolio with leveraged ETFs?
For "RPTP is a strong reason to consider giving later", I'd recommend linking to the forum version of the article since it has been updated, unlike the currently linked version. https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/m85Ecd8QFE7muvojj/rptp-is-a-strong-reason-to-consider-giving-later
The Global Health and Development Fund that you mentioned would be a good choice. Note that the fund's 2 most recent payouts have been related to respiratory disease including COVID-19, which fits with what you're interested in supporting (see the Payout Reports section of the fund's page).
For more COVID-19 donation opportunities, see the post Prioritizing COVID-19 interventions & individual donations.
For charities working on global warming, see Founders Pledge climate change recommendations.